Valmiki National Park is a tiger reserve situated in the Champaran District of Bihar. The park is spread over a vast area of about 880.78 sq km. This reserve is the only place in Bihar where tigers can be spotted. It was declared as a National Park in 1989 and is the 18th Tiger Reserve of the country and the second in Bihar.
The destination is popular for watching views of nature along with glimpses of the Bengal Tiger. Fauna including alluvial grasslands, Sal forests and swamp forests make this park deep, dark and deciduous in nature. For exploring the park, wildlife safaris are arranged by the forest department.
Apart from wildlife exploration, the destination also has religious significance. Valmiki Asharm is situated around 7 km from the park at the border of Nepal. The ashram preserves the memories of the past as described in the epic Ramayana.
These places include the dining place of Sita, birthplace of Luv and Kush, Vishnu Chakra, meditation place of the sage Valmiki, the Hawan Kund, Amrit Kuan and a horse stable. This place is thronged by tourists during the celebrations of Makar Sankranti on 14th January every year.
The nearest airport to reach Valmiki is Patna Airport, which is located at a distance of 239 km. The closest railhead to the national park is Valmiki Nagar and is situated at a distance of 5 km. Regular bus services are operated by the state transport corporation from Bettiah to the national park. Tourists can visit Valmiki during October to June when the tigers can be spotted.